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traci kato-kiriyama will be interviewed by longtime Guild teacher and former Board member Heather Summerhayes Cariou, about her second book of poems still in the birthing process, forthcoming from Writ Large Press.
traci kato-kiriyama is a writer/actor and one half of the award-winning PULLproject Ensemble; director/co-founder of Tuesday Night Project; presenter of the Tuesday Night Cafe series (currently the longest-running Asian American-produced mic series in the country); and the author of the poetry collection signaling (The Undeniable Press, 2010). She has been presented as a performer, poet, theatre deviser, guest lecturer, speaker, facilitator, emcee, and Artist-in-Residence at innumerable venues across the continent, from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, and Hawai'i to Philadelphia, Florida, New York, and Toronto. www.traciakemi.com
Heather Summerhayes Cariou, B.F.A., M.S., is a 2016/17 post-graduate Fellow in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. Before becoming the author of Sixtyfive Roses: A Sister’s Memoir (Globe and Mail Best 100 Books of 2006), she trained and worked professionally as an actor/singer/dancer on stages across Canada and off-Broadway. A damn-the-torpedoes kind of gal, she once paddle-captained a raft full of screaming women through Rogue River’s Blossom Bar rapid at high water and made a full-Kabuki Thanksgiving dinner in a Baltimore hotel room for the cast and crew of a Broadway-bound musical. Heather revels in the life of the mind and the open road of the heart. She has several writing and/or performance projects currently on the go or in the pipeline, including a collaboration with author Ann Burack-Weiss, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., to adapt her book The Lioness in Winter: Writing an Old Woman’s Life to the stage.